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Maine Commercial Fishing Property Tax Amendment, Question 4 (2000)

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The Maine Commercial Fishing Waterfront Property Tax Assessment Referendum, also known as Question 4, was on the November 7, 2000 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure would have provided for the assessment of property tax on waterfront lands used for commercial fishing activities to be based upon the value of its current use. This method of alternative property tax assessment was already available on some other types of property at the time. This would have amended Section 8 of Article IX of the Maine Constitution.[2]

Election results

Maine Question 4 (2000)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No305,55450.30%
Yes 301,931 49.70%

Election results via: Maine Secretary of State, Elections Division: Referendum Election Tabulations, November 7, 2000

Text of measure

See also: Maine Constitution, Article IX, Section 8

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

Question 4: Constitutional Amendment

Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to allow the Legislature to provide for the assessment of land used for commercial fishing activities based on the current use of that property? [3]

Summary

The following description of the intent and content of this measure was provided in the Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election":

This proposal would authorize an amendment to the Constitution of Maine to allow the Legislature to provide for the property tax assessment of waterfront land used for commercial fishing activities, based upon the value of its current use. The Constitution already authorizes this alternative method of property tax assessment for certain farmlands, woodlands, wildlife sanctuaries, and lands used for open space and recreation or the enjoyment of scenic natural beauty.

A "YES" vote approves the constitutional amendment.

A "NO" vote disapproves the constitutional amendment. [3]

Maine Secretary of State, [2]

Constitutional changes

The full text of the constitutional changes proposed by this measure can be read here.

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Maine state constitution

Two-thirds of each branch of the state legislature voted to propose this amendment to the Maine Constitution. It was approved by the legislature on April 4, 2000.[2]

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